BVIFF Short Film Bursary 2023

  • 7th Jul
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Arts Centre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

           BVIFF Short Film Bursary 2023
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Boyne Valley, Droichead Arts Centre and film maker Frank W. Kelly launch the second Boyne Valley International Film Festival which takes place this August. This three day event will feature the best short films from around the country, and the world, with a special focus on films made in the region.

BVIFF are now inviting screen writers to pitch a short film idea by email, no longer than 2 pages. Three film makers will be shortlisted by a panel featuring:  multi-award winning writer, director and producer in film, TV and theatre Roisin Kearney; director Frank Berry (Best Writer and Director for Aisha at the  recent IFTAs 2023) and Alex Kayode Kay, (BAFTA  nominated director for the short film The Ballad Of Olive Morris)

The three shortlisted film makers will be awarded a bursary of €500, and each will be invited to present their short film idea to the panel during the festival. One lucky film maker will be chosen, and awarded a further bursary of €2,500 to write the script. 

We welcome applications from film makers whose voices are currently under represented in the Irish film sector. If you require any assistance or support with your application please do not hesitate to contact

We want to create an environment for filmmakers and audiences to connect, and celebrate film in the historical medieval town of Drogheda, and the Boyne Valley Region.

By email, 2 pages max. Deadline Friday 7 July at 5:00pm. Limited to one entry per person, and applicants must be resident in Ireland and over 18 (Students who are currently in undergraduate or post graduate education, including those undertaking foundation courses are not eligible to apply)

Introduction– A brief overview of the film. Include title, logline, genre, and theme of the project.

Synopsis (500 words)

Character breakdown 


Email submissions to by 7 July by 5:00pm. 
Please send in a word and pdf document, and only include your name on the pdf document. The panel will not know the identity of the applicant when shortlisting. The three short listed applicants will be notified and must be available to present their idea live to the panel on the morning of the 13 August (Time to be confirmed). The bursary recipient will be announced as part of the awards ceremony on the 13 August at Droichead Arts Centre.

Funded by the Arts Council, Meath County Council Arts Office, Louth County Council and in partnership with Love Drogheda BIDS. Supported by Boann Distillery, the Clinch Family, the dhotel, and Anglo Printers. 

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